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This may sound a bit strange, but, is there a table/chart available that gives generalized dimensions on animals indigenous to a specific area?  For example the depth of chest (brisket to top of front shoulders) on a typical deer, defined by say, weight or age (dependent on local).  I understand that this is quite variable (here in Texas the animal size varies depending on which side of the highway you hunt on) but, it would be a starting point.

 

The reason for the question is that I have at least a passing interest in trying to understand the art of determining range via stadia and/or mil dot.  Chis has put together some good information on the mil dot and ranging, but, I still lack a bit of a reference frame.

 

Thanks in advance,

Bob

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Gator,
You hit the nail right on the head.  A Deers physical make-up really can change from area to area. What I would do would be to contact your local state biologist for a land management area in your area. Call the Game Warden in your area he may have a number for you. Other than giving you a point into a direction to look for the info. it really is way to subjective.  If you hunt a grain field know the height of the fence posts and use those to range on. Remember you don't have to use your target to range, just to shoot. LOL  I hope I gave you something to think on.

Good Huntin'
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Gator, reticle ranging is a fun way to go, but certainly very secondary to the laser. I have had some excellent results using it sparsely in the field, but haven't had the opportunity to fully test it's capabilities on game relative to "eyeballing" range. This yr. i will. Recently we had the opportunity to test reticle-ranging on hard tgts. (silhouettes) out to 1000 yds., and were within 1-3% of lasered just about every time using Leupold TMR, Burris Ball. Plex, and Leup. Varmint Hunter reticles. Out to 4-500 yds. it was a cinch really, and a bunch of fun.
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I saw one at my Cabela's store........ will try to get more info and post it.
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Thanks guys!  I've contacted Texas Parks and Wildlife requesting any type of data base they might have relating weight/age to body dimensions.  They have a number of publications relating weight/age to antler development, but nothing that I found giving body dimensions......we'll see.  If I receive anything useful I'll pass along if anyone is interested.

Thanks again,
Bob
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Gator-- sometimes the local taxidermist can help in that regard also.
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